SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project will present its 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st. Highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba), there will be 15 free celebrations in 7 different neighborhoods. Four new partners have been added to this year’s schedule, Glide Memorial Church, The Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, King/Garvey Housing Development and the Success Center, San Francisco. Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family. A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. The soulful performance of blues singer Tia Carroll will headline this year’s myriad of entertainers, along with the dance department of Laney College. Storytellers, Phavia Kujichagualia and Kirk Waller will share African Folklore at the main library’s and at Glide Memorial’s programs, respectively. The seven day celebration will open at the Museum of the African Diaspora at noon on Friday, December 26th, and continue with an evening celebration at the African American Arts and Culture complex 7at pm. The closing celebration will take place at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Jan.1st, 6 pm, with Tia Carroll crooning some down home blues.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
UMOJA (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. Friday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon – Museum of the African Diaspora, 665 Mission Street @ 3rd; 7 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @ Webster
KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. Sunday, Dec. 27th: 1 pm – San Francisco Public Library Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street; 4 pm – Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister @ Pierce
UJIMA (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.Monday, Dec. 28th: 12 pm – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda; 2 pm –Western Addition Senior Center/WAFRC 1390 Turk @ Fillmore; 6 pm – Bayview Y, 1601 Lane @ Revere
UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Tuesday Dec 29th: 1 pm – Hamilton Rec/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner; 5 pm – Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol @ Montana
NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Wednesday, Dec. 30th:1 pm Boys & Girls Club, 344 Fulton @ Gough; 4 pm – Glide Memorial, 330 Ellis; 7 pm – Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, 601 Cesar Chavez @ 3rd St (near Pier 80)
KUUMBA (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Thursday, Dec. 31st: 12 Noon – Potrero Hill Family Resource, Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street @ 22nd Street; 4pm – Success Center, SF/King/Garvey Center, 1680 Eddy @ Pierce
IMANI (faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. Friday, Jan. 1st: 6 pm – Union of Black Episcopalians/St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons
Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually by more than 30 million people worldwide, over seven days from December 26 to January 1. The values of Kwanzaa, Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), are critical tools for addressing the issues facing the African-American community. Ceremonies will be led by Brotha’ Clint Sockwell and Malik Seneferu. There will be a candle lighting & pouring of libation ceremony, live entertainment & a feast at each event. For more information visit:
About the Village Project
Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. She has revived the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout San Francisco, by connecting traditionally African American communities for this celebration.
Village Project’s Community Partners:
Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Episcopal Charities, Jewish Community High School, Union of Black Episcopalians, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club, SF, Success Center, SF, King/Garvey Housing Development, Western Addition Family Resource Center, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center, African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Ms. Teri’s Creation & Boutique, Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Rec. Center, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Bi-rite Market, Meadow Livingstone School, The Laney College, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, Booker T Washington Community Center, and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University.
Kwanzaa is partially funded by the Bayview Y, Supervisor London Breed, District 5, San Francisco Arts Commission and a grant from the Dept. of Public Health
Help us to continue this important community celebration. Please send donations to:
The Village Project
2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94115